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Sugar or molasses.
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:34:06 PM »
Hey all. New to homebrew but getting addicted. Got and dried hops for an attempt at a colonial brew. Should I use sugar or molasses to prime for bottling. Thanks

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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 09:16:01 PM »
Welcome!  I'm new to the forum and brewing, but already addicted to researching brews. 

I've gathered that molasses does not always mix uniformly into the beer, and the risk is creating some bottle grenades and some flat beers.  Try boiling in water to thin it out and assist with mixing.  The longer you let it condition, the more the molasses will mellow out (in a good way!). 

Have fun, and let us know how it turns out!

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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 09:24:03 PM »
Also, if you can get your hand on some spruce tips (or something piney), throw 'em in the boil at 60 minutes!
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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013, 03:06:16 PM »
Thanks. that will help. A local brew house served spruce tip beer over the summer. On my list for the near future. Bob

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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 09:54:41 AM »
Molasses will add a different and distinct flavor.
I made George Washington's small beer recipe, and it was mostly molasses. 
Very different.   I will try it again and try to improve it but in the smaller quantities like for bottling sugars it could add a nice addition.
Where did you get a hold of your colonial recipe?
I bought a book on colonial recipes and it turned out to be full of extract recipes, as if Thomas Jefferson used liquid extract!
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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2013, 03:20:03 PM »
Molasses is a byproduct of making sugar. Best to add before fermentation.  I'd prime with sugar.
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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2013, 04:49:21 PM »
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Re: Sugar or molasses.
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2013, 01:44:37 AM »
End up bottling with about 8 oz  molasses mixed with warm water. after a week popped a bottle. good head. sweetness subsided and overall taste is good. Should be ready for Christmas. As for your questions, fermentation took place in cellar, not sure of temp but will keep track of all temps in the future.

 

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